By Chris Mitchell
Sports Information Director
A Lake Oswego, Ore., native, Connie Zhou is one of the top golfers on the No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Lous women's golf team. Bearsports.wustl.edu caught up with the young ace before the O'Brien National Invitational Sunday-Monday, Sept. 15-16, in South Bend, Ind.
What made you decide to come to Washington University?
Definitely the academics and the golf program. I visited Wash U on a recruiting trip and I thought everything was amazing, from the campus to the people. As for golf, I was impressed by the program's success in such a short amount of time.
How did it feel to earn All-America honors as a freshman?
It was really cool! I didn't pay much attention to rankings so it was an awesome honor to receive at the end of the season.
What is the strongest part of your golf game?
Technique wise, I'd say driving. I don't usually have problems with my driver, even if my irons and short game are struggling on a particular day. Mentally, I'd say distracting myself mid-round. I will play a song over and over in my head to stop me from over thinking or getting anxious.
Do you have a favorite sports memory?
My favorite sports memory was last year's Fall Preview in Florida. The first night we were there, we had an entertaining dinner/dance party at Bubba Gump's and then that same night we got moved to a two-story penthouse. The last day of the tournament I shot my second lowest score, so it was an incredible weekend overall.
When you're not playing golf what are you doing?
I'm most likely browsing reddit, listening to music, or documenting my life with my camera.
What's your favorite movie?
I love the Dark Knight Rises because it has the perfect amount of action and Christian Bale is brilliant. The Place Beyond the Pines is also a great movie.
What's usually playing on your iPod?
I mainly listen to rap, alternative, and pop. Some of my favorites right now are Drake, Jay Z, J Cole, A$AP Rocky, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, and The Weeknd. Lately I've been listening to Yeezus before tournaments because the aggression and angst gets me pumped up.
How did you come with your Twitter handle - @cuppa_zhou?
Coach Curtis actually deserves credit for my handle. My last name is actually pronounced "Joe," and one day at practice he called me "Cuppa Zhou." I hated it at first but it caught on and now I don't answer to my real name anymore.
Speaking of Twitter- what are the chances of getting coach Curtis on Twitter before you graduate?
I try to convince Coach to get a Twitter every day and I think it's likely that he'll get one by the end of this year. I don't think it's right for him, or anyone for that matter, to miss out on the plethora of insight (a.k.a. updates about guacamole, Beyonce, or the Portland Trailblazers).
What are you aspirations following graduation from Washington U.?
I don't know what I want to do for a career, but I hope that whatever I decide to do will involve golf. I would love to travel for a few years and then eventually go back to Portland.